Tyler City Council votes to annex UT Health Science Center at March 28 council meeting

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Tyler City Council voted to annex The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler during the city council meeting held Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

The council approved expanding the boundaries of the city to include the UTHSCT campus, which consists of about 593 acres bordering the southwest intersection of U.S. Highway 271 and State Highway 155.

“We look forward to becoming a part of the city of Tyler and to contributing to the growth and development of this dynamic city,” said UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun.

Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass said the annexation shows the importance of the health care sector to the city’s economy.

“Health care provides more than 25,000 jobs in our region and has an estimated economic impact of $3.1 billion. The annexation of the University of Texas Health Science Center – bringing it within Tyler’s city limits – is an important step. It shows that we support this vital industry and its continued growth.”

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded $118.6 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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